Thursday, June 26, 2008

~ Peach Leaf Tea and Red Clover Syrup ~





If you've never tried peach leaf tea , I highly recommend it. I was reading about it on a herbal blog ( http://bearmedicineherbals.com/?p=414 ) and decided to try it yesterday. I gathered the green leaves and made a delightful tea.You can use green or dried leaves.

I just threw a handful of torn / crushed green leaves ( maybe a cup ) into my small sauce pot and added water. I turned the heat to med. high and let it get hot (to a light boil )and simmer about 20 min , then turned the heat off and let it sit for a couple of hours. I strained it through a coffee filter before drinking.
The next time I will simmer before going to bed and let it steep overnight. The flavor was great , I really like it. I dried the rest of the leaves in the oven and stored them in one of my recycled jars. Since I'm trying to cut energy use , I placed the leaves in the oven after I made toast yesterday. Just turn the oven off and place the leaves inside to dry. It didn't take very long , so keep a close eye on them.
The tea is good for morning sickness too . My oldest daughter who is pregnant , loved the taste. It feels good to find a natural , safe and great tasting remedy.
Today I'm making red clover syrup , I put a quart of red clover buds in a pot and added 1 quart of water , let it come to a boil and turned it off , let it steep overnight. Strained it through a coffee filter this morning. I will add sugar and cook it down , until it thickens. Hope to make some red clover pancakes this weekend.
Nature gives us some wonderful foods and teas , if we're willing to work a little for it. I find it very relaxing and enjoyable to work in the garden , pick berries , leaves , clover or whatever the season brings.
~ Herbal Blessings ~ JoyceAnn

4 comments:

Lib said...

Hi JOyce Ann,
THanks for sharing the info. :o)
I love my visits with you, I learn so much! THanks for the time you put into posting!
Have agreat day!
Blessins',Lib

JoyceAnn said...

Thanks for visiting .... enjoy your comments ..... Blessings !

~ JoyceAnn ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I never knew you could use leaves off a peach tree. I knew of peach tea but didn't make the connection.

Healing is in the leaves.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

sallyanne said...

hi just came by your sight after trying to remember a recipe for "clover syrup" have them simmering now.